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Happy Birthday President Lincoln! Did you know that he became the face of the penny in 1909? Since then, there’s been so many sayings attached to the pretty penny including “A penny saved is a penny earned” to “In for a penny, in for a pound.”
Honestly speaking, I actually have a penny-phobia. I’ve seen so many of them that are dirty it makes me wonder what sort of history it has (and not in the pleasant way). However, when I get a new cent in my hand, it makes me smile because it’s so beautiful.
A few days ago, I had a little down time in the evening and came across Extreme Cheapskates on TLC. At first, I was curious to find out why these individuals would identify themselves as a “cheapskate” but I was also interested in knowing their lifestyle. I definitely have my cheap *ahem* frugal moments but I wouldn’t consider myself a cheapskate.
The first episode I watched was a day in the life Kate Hashimoto, a CPA by day and a dumpster diving connoisseur by night. Here are some of the things she does to live a cheap lifestyle:
This week, we’re rolling out a new part of our “Behind the Scenes” look at the company, where we spotlight different employees in our company. While some of these people are more visible on our site (such as myself), the deals on our site don’t just find themselves, and we have lots of help making sure our site stays current. We pride ourselves on having an incredible group of people working here at Savings and the drive and dedication they have to their job. First up in our series is Allegra Ringo. If her name looks familiar, it’s likely because you’ve talked to her over in our Community! She currently serves as Community Manager for Savings.com, where she gets to interact with our favorite members on a daily basis.
Allegra took a moment from her busy day to put down the cubicle wall separating us (only kidding, we don’t actually have cubicles in the office) and chat with us.
Trees are starting to bloom, the air has a scent of fresh cut lawns, and the weather is finally warm enough to go outside without wearing your winter parka. You know what that means. Graduation season is just around the corner!
With over three million students graduating from high school this year and over two million graduating from colleges, universities and grad schools, there will be a lot of celebrating going on this Spring. Chances are you are going to have at least one graduation party to attend and possibly one to host.
Giving a gift to a graduate or hosting a party can be a wonderful feeling. You know you are celebrating one of the most important milestones in your loved one’s life. Whether you are the host or an attendee, here are some great ideas about how to celebrate without breaking the bank.
So you’ve finally decided to cut bait on your old laptop. You’re tired of waiting 10 minutes for Windows to boot, tired of programs that take forever to load, and tired of viruses and spyware gumming up the works.
In other words, it’s time for a new machine. And for around $500 (less if you’re willing to buy a refurbished or closeout model), you can get yourself something mighty nice.
But what about the old laptop? What should be its fate? You probably can’t sell it for much, and in its current condition, it’s not much good as a hand-me-down.
Know what I’d do? Wipe the hard drive (after retrieving all your data from it, of course) and install Linux. That may sound like a techie, nerds-only solution, but hear me out. The whole process is easier than you might think, and it results in a laptop that feels brand new—maybe even better than new.
One of the reasons that apples are so popular and prevalent in our society is their versatility. Apples make great desserts, delicious drinks, and interesting additions to everything from salads to entrees. You can even use apples for decoration. In celebration of the apple, below are just a few interesting things to do with Johnny Appleseed’s heritage.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and as one of the world’s least loved holidays, I think it’s high time we created a list of some of the worst gifts you could possibly give or receive. It’s not too hard to find these, sadly, and I’m sure many a recipient has received them or something like them.
First up, there’s no faster way to a woman’s heart than letting her know she’s sporting a double-chin with the Neck Genie Neck Line Slimmer.
This week we have Pepsi’s problems, iPad rumors, Amazon opening a store, mortgage news, saving on Valentine’s Day meals, and ways to buy in bulk.
Plus, two cubs playing.
Image courtesy of ICanHasCheezburger
This week we have the Komen controversy, big money at the Super Bowl, ways to waste money, the Facebook IPO, and stashing cash.
Plus, purring cats.
Is eco-tourism just a buzz word from the first decade in the 21st century? Whenever I hear “eco-tourism” I think of fancy tents in Africa where someone else does all the hard work of typical camping and lots of wild animals a safe distance away but close enough to feel scared. What is eco-tourism shaping up to be in the new decade?
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This week we have good GDP news, Xbox rumors, Apple’s manufacturing problems, resisting impulse buying, and ways to make a smart kid.
Plus, a very brave cat.
What’s the biggest buzzword at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show? No, it’s not “Beiber.” It’s ultrabooks. Three guesses what they are:
1. Regular books, only super-better.
2. Kindle-style e-book readers plated with shiny titanium.
3. Super-thin, super-light laptops that used to be known as “ultraportables,” “ultralights,” and “subnotebooks.”
The war clearly isn’t over. These angry birds will stop at nothing to destroy those oinkers! And now, if you’re willing and ready (or even if you aren’t), these little guys are here to amplify your music too. These plug and play Angry Birds Speakers from ThinkGeek are not exactly priced to move at $65+, but oh man, they are tons of epic awesome.
How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? Do you even have time to get ready? I don’t- my job begins well before sunrise and soon after I’m awake, my 2-year old is begging for food and attention.
Once I have my younger one comfortable, then it’s the task of waking up my 5-year old, who is already showing at this young age, that she’s not a morning person.
After I’m done getting both my kids ready (which is a marathon in itself), I’m usually rushing out the door dressed in sweats without washing my face or brushing my teeth. Sound familiar?
I read somewhere that someone’s New Years resolution was to “get rid of something they don’t need every day.” That sure beats the “I want to lose 8747 pounds,” or “I want to win American Idol,” that I normally see on blogs this time of year. I like setting myself up for failure by placing unrealistic expectations on myself as much as the next guy, so I decided that I was gonna do it. No, not win American Idol (I’m too old), but try to get rid of one thing every day for a whole year.
Why would I agree (in my head) to do such a ridiculous thing?